Edward (Ed) Bayes

Designer, engineer, researcher


I am a designer, engineer, and researcher working at the intersection of machine learning and society.

I spend my days designing tools and policies to make machine learning more accessible and my nights building General Purpose. Previously, I led product design and AI safety teams at startups and Google, and advised governments on AI and climate policy.

A student of both the arts and sciences, I believe new ideas can be found at the intersection of disciplines.

Outside of work, I am a musician and keen champion of the underdog, having co-founded and volunteered with organizations that mentor young people to overcome adversity.


Google X (Everyday Robots)

Product Designer & AI Safety Lead, 2021-2023

General Purpose

Co-Founder & Principal, 2023-

Harvard University

Graduate Researcher, Responsible AI, 2019-2021

Mayor of London

Senior Advisor, Design/Creative Industries, 2017-2019

UK Treasury

Advisor, AI & Climate, 2015-2017

Recent projects


Platform to finetune LLMs in African languages (for OpenAI).


Mapping biodiversity using computer vision (for XPrize).


Scaling democracy using LLMs (for UK Parliament).


Redesigning public services using LLMs (for UK Parliament).


Harvard University

Master's in Design Engineering (Fulbright Scholar)

London School of Economics (LSE)

BA, Law (Anthropology Minor)

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